• Subject: RE: Connecting Microsoft Solutions with legacy systems
  • From: "Urbanek, Marty" <Marty_Urbanek@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 13:18:46 -0500

Gary,

I think the main advantages to SNA Server was if you had a large number of
PCs connecting to your AS/400, you could offload some of the work and
management of the connections over to the less expensive PC hardware.
Perhaps in the "early days" it was more advatageous because you could set up
one SNA session between SNA Server and OS/400 and then use SNA Server to
support (theoretically) hundreds of TN5250 users on your IP network. Now the
400 supports TCP/IP and TN5250 directly. One other thing for example, SNA
Server provides APPC communications support between NT applications and the
400, which you can't do natively from the Microsoft world. If you've already
got a couple of machines talking directly and doing what you need, I
wouldn't mess with it.

-Marty
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